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Bone Odyssey: Strengthening The Jaw Foundation For Implants

Dental implants are excellent options if you are looking for a permanent tooth replacement solution. But are you an ideal candidate for it? Do you have the required jawbone structure? If not then we have a solution to it- bone grafting! 

Kelowna dentist and their team perform bone grafting as a part of your implant surgery when you do not have sufficient jawbone thickness to support your dental implants. Read on to understand the process of bone grafting and how it can benefit you. 

A comprehensive guide to bone grafting 

Bone grafting is an advanced surgical procedure in dentistry that helps with the implementation of dental implants to increase their stability. Loss of a tooth over a prolonged period can negatively impact the underlying jawbone, leading to resorption. To enhance the success rate of dental implants, the jaw they are fused into must be healthy and sturdy. 

A dental bone graft is a good option to add strength and durability to the jawbone, ensuring there is a good base for the dental implant. 

What are the benefits of a bone graft?

Bone grafts can offer a wide range of benefits, such as:

  • Supports the dental implants by providing a strong base to anchor the permanent restorations (crown, bridges, or dentures)
  • Avoids alternative treatment options, even in those with compromised bone health
  • Ensures implants last the test of time 
  • Since it is a minimally invasive procedure, the healing and recovery is quick 

What to expect during a bone grafting procedure?

Every bone graft procedure may be different and may vary from person to person. However, here’s a brief guide about the surgical steps involved: 

  • The concerned area will be numbed with a local anesthetic solution. 
  • Your dentist will begin with a small cut or incision in the gums to expose the jawbone.
  • The area will be cleaned and disinfected with an antiseptic solution.
  • An appropriate bone graft (your bone, donor’s bone, or synthetic material) will be placed between two sections of the bone that need to grow together. 
  • The bone graft will be secured using special screws or adhesive material. 
  • A synthetic membrane may be used to cover the new bone.
  • The incision will be closed by suturing the tissues. 
  • You will be provided with comprehensive post-procedure instructions for proper healing.

Bone grafting can significantly aid in stimulating your jawbone to provide adequate support and anchorage for dental implants. You can still enjoy the benefits of dental implants for improved oral rehabilitation. 

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